Criticism and Rebuttal in The Guardian: It Was a Good Fight

Earlier this month George Monbiot wrote a scathing criticism of Allan Savory and Holistic Management in The Guardian. Today, also in The Guardian, L. Hunter Lovins answered the criticism beautifully.

Here's the criticism:

And here is L. Hunter Lovins' rebuttal:

This is how Lovins' article begins:

"In his recent interview with Allan Savory, the high profile biologist and farmer who argues that properly managing grazing animals can counter climate chaos, George Monbiot reasonably asks for proof. Where I believe he strays into the unreasonable, is in asserting that there is none.

"Savory’s argument, which counters popular conceptions, is that more livestock rather than fewer can help save the planet through a concept he calls “holistic management.” In brief, he contends that grazing livestock can reverse desertification and restore carbon to the soil, enhancing its biodiversity and countering climate change. Monbiot claims that this approach doesn’t work and in fact does more harm than good. But his assertions skip over the science and "on the ground" evidence that say otherwise..."

Later in the article...

"Monbiot’s claims that Savory’s approach does not work will come as a surprise to the best-known practitioner of the approach, Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms. Salatin was made famous in UC Berkeley journalism professor Michael Pollan’s book Omnivore’s Dilemma, which explores his success using Savory’s approach. Salatin explains how Savory’s approach enabled him to turn an uneconomic farm into an operation that now supports 35 prosperous agricultural ventures. From selling grass-fed beef and pasture-raised eggs to health-conscious connoisseurs and teaching interns how to replicate its successes, Polyface Farms is leading an agricultural revival."

Lovins' article is well worth reading, and it has lots of great links. Read the whole thing here.

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